Recreation Therapist

Recreation Therapist Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Recreation Therapist job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all keywords on your resume, identify those that are most relevant to the job you're applying to. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

Choose a category
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Mental Health
  • Recreation
  • Group Therapy
  • Program Development
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  •  Find out what your resume's missing
  • Healthcare
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • CTRS
  • Recreation Planning
  • Community Outreach
  • Rehabilitation
  • Behavioral Health
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Elder Care
  • Social Services
  • Event Planning
  • Crisis Intervention

  •   Show full list

Resume Skills: Therapeutic Techniques

  • Adaptive Therapies
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Strategies
  • Mindfulness Techniques
  • Biofeedback
  • Adaptive Sports
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  •  Match your resume to these skills

Resume Skills: Rehabilitation Tools

Resume Skills: Techniques

Resume Skills: Documentation & Compliance

Resume Skills: Software

Resume Skills: Additional

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Therapy Techniques

Resume Skills: Patient Care

  Does your resume contain all the right skills? Paste in your resume in the AI Resume Scan ↓ section below and get an instant score.

Compare Your Resume To These Recreation Therapist Skills (ATS Scan)

Paste your resume below and our AI will identify which keywords are missing from your resume from the list above (and what you need to include). Including the right keywords will help you get past Applicant Tracking Systems (i.e. resume screeners) which may scan your resume for keywords to see if you're a match for the job.

Sample Recreation Therapist Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

Select a free resume example
Your Name
Recreation Therapist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE January 2022 - Present
Lead Recreation Therapist
Spearheaded comprehensive therapeutic recreation programs leading to a 35% increase in patient participation and engagement
Leveraged psychotherapy techniques to provide mental health support for patients, resulting in improved behavioral health outcomes
Implemented crisis intervention procedures reducing emergency incidents by 27%
Executed community outreach initiatives targeting elder care, enabling a 15% increment in program enrollment
Applied innovative group therapy methodologies, enhancing overall rehabilitation process efficiency by 30%
Resume Worded May 2019 - December 2021
Senior Recreation Therapist
Developed and implemented recreational plans, improving patient satisfaction by 20%
Enhanced therapeutic recreation strategies, contributing to a 25% escalation in the facility's healthcare ratings
Initiated specialized programme catering to developmental disabilities leading to 30% increase in their inclusion in regular activities
Mayo Clinic June 2016 - April 2019
Recreation Therapist
Played a pivotal role in the treatment of patients with mental health issues using recreational therapy, improving standard care metric by 21%
Designed and executed an event series focusing on non-profit organizations, drawing over 500 participants per event
Resume Worded University May 2016
Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation
Focused on interventions and rehabilitative experiences to improve health and wellbeing.
Awarded Graduate Student of the Year in Therapeutic Recreation Program (2015)
Resume Worded Academic Center April 2014
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
Completed comprehensive training on therapy approaches and patient engagement.
Therapeutic Techniques: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies, Mindfulness Techniques, Biofeedback, Adaptive Sports, Aquatic Therapy, Art Therapy
Software: TheraOffice, Caseload Manager, Microsoft Office, TherapyNotes, Google Docs
Additional Skills: CPR/AED Certified, First Aid Certified, Patient Evaluation, Group Therapy Execution, Program Development, Community Outreach
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), Sign Language (Conversational)
Certifications: Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI) Certified (2020)
Leadership & Volunteering: Volunteer Recreation Therapist at local senior center (2015 - Present)
Awards: Therapist of the Year (2022)
Projects: Initiated and executed Recreational Therapy Week at, promoting patient engagement and community involvement.
Your Name
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded June 2021 - Present
Senior Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Pioneered a comprehensive therapeutic recreation program, boosting patient engagement rates by 40%
Strengthened mental health services through the use of innovative psychotherapy techniques, reducing patient distress by 33%
Championed rehabilitation program for developmental disabilities, incrementing the program enrollment by 20%
Achieved CPR certification to ensure patient safety and fulfill company's healthcare reliability standards
Contrived new social services model leading to a 28% increase in community participation March 2017 - May 2021
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Formulated an effective group therapy plan, increasing participation by 31%
Bolstered crisis intervention efficiency helping the healthcare facility reduce emergency situations by 22%
Spearheaded community outreach program offering elder care, seen by an increment of 25% in elderly participation
American Addiction Centers January 2015 - February 2017
Recreation Therapist
Directly influenced patients' recovery by implementing effective therapeutic recreation techniques, elevating patient recovery rates by 29%
Instrumental in launching a social services campaign for non-profit organizations, successfully engaging 400+ participants per program
Resume Worded Institute June 2014
Master of Therapeutic Recreation
Specialized in Rehabilitation and Recreational Therapy
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy
Minors in Psychology and Vocational Counseling
Graduated Cum Laude
Therapy Techniques: Leisure Education, Adaptive Techniques, Goal Setting, Patient Assessment, Recreational Therapy Programs, Progress Tracking
Patient Care: Patient Advocacy, Individualized Care Planning, Care Continuity, Crisis Intervention, Patient Safety, Recovery Support
Software: Microsoft Office (Proficient), Electronic Health Records (Proficient), Rehabilitation Management Software (Basics)
Certifications: Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certified
Training: Completed 'Understanding Addiction' & 'Mental Health First Aid' courses
Volunteer Work: Provided weekly therapy sessions at local addiction recovery center
Your Name
Recreation Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2022 - Present
Recreation Specialist
Streamlined recreation planning process, improving efficiency by 20% and enhancing customer satisfaction from 70% to 90%
Developed and executed 60+ successful community outreach events, solidifying brand’s reputation and contributing to a 25% growth in membership
Revamped social media strategy, boosting online engagement by 50% and increasing event attendance by 15%
Implemented new fundraising techniques, raising over $20K for community events and local nonprofits
Completed 50 hours of conflict resolution and safety training, enhancing skillset in dealing with emergency situations May 2019 - December 2021
Recreation Coordinator
Led a team of 5 to manage a recreation center serving 1,000+ members, providing excellent customer service
Designed 150+ events annually, catering to different age groups and interests, leading to a 60% increase in event participation
Enhanced therapeutic recreation programs, benefiting over 400 individuals with special needs
Organized family-friendly outdoor recreation activities, increasing park engagement by 30%
YMCA January 2017 - April 2019
Events Assistant
Instrumental in successful planning and execution of 20+ large-scale events, fostering community involvement and engagement
Established relationships with vendors and venues, effectively reducing event overhead by 15%
Resume Worded University May 2019
Master's in Recreation Management
Focused on event planning, facility management, and program development
Resume Worded Academic Center April 2017
Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
Achieved recognition as a leading event planning professional
Program Planning: Events coordination, Health and wellness programs, Youth programs, Outdoor Adventures, Community Engagement, Facility Management
Management Tools: RecTrac, CivicRec, SportsMan, PerfectMind, EZFacility,
Communication: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Writing Proposals, Feedback Mechanisms, Marketing Event Initiatives, Written Correspondence
Certifications: First Aid and CPR Certified, Lifeguard Certified
Volunteering: Volunteer Coach for youth baseball team, Organized community cleanup days with local non-profits
Projects: Coordinated and managed yearly city-wide Fun Run, which attracted over 2000 participants
Awards: Recipient of the 'Engage Your Community' award for exceptional program development
Your Name
Outdoor Recreation Planner
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2021 - Present
Outdoor Recreation Planner
Created comprehensive action plan for park development, leading to a 35% increase in annual visitors
Coordinated 100+ outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, fishing and camping annually, yielding a 30% uptick in park enthusiasm
Leveraged strong research skills to analyze and implement trends in outdoor recreation, optimising park offerings and diversifying visitor profile
Raised $10K in capital through grant writing and fundraising campaigns, contributing to park improvements and new equipment purchase
Carried out robust park management duties, including maintenance schedules and safety checks to ensure a seamless experience for all visitors May 2018 - December 2020
Adventure Leader
Led adventure trips for approximately 2,000 participants, consolidating the company's reputation in the industry
Applied comprehensive understanding of outdoor recreational activities to develop 5 new trip offerings
Provided thorough customer service, receiving a 95% satisfaction score on customer surveys
REI January 2016 - April 2018
Outdoor Center Assistant
Assisted in planning and coordinating 30+ outdoor events and training sessions, contributing to increased participation and engagement
Resume Worded University December 2015
Master's Degree in Environmental Planning
Focused studies on Recreation and Land Use Planning
Resume Worded University May 2014
Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation Management
Emphasized in Recreation Facility Management and Outdoor Leadership
Awards: Dean's List 2013 (Top 10%)
Outdoor Leadership Skills: Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Swiftwater Rescue, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backcountry Skiing, Backpacking
Facility Management: Risk Management, Incident Management, Facility Maintenance, Staff Management, Training & Development, Budgeting
Advanced Technical Skills: Regulations Compliance, Environmental Impact Assessment, ArcGIS, Google Earth, GPS Navigation
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Conversational), German (Basic)
Certifications: Risk Management for Outdoor Programs Certification (2021), Certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR)
Volunteering: Volunteer Outdoor Leader, The Adventure Group
Projects: Planned and Executed Community Outdoor Events, focused on promoting environmental sustainability and outdoor education
Your Name
Community Recreation Coordinator
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2020 - Present
Community Recreation Coordinator
Orchestrated 80+ community programs that impacted 3,000+ individuals and increased program participation by 200%
Initiated a successful outreach strategy to engage underprivileged communities, resulting in a 75% hike in active memberships
Implemented practical, engaging working with children's programs, leading to 50% jump in youth participation
Raised $5K annually for local non-profit organizations through creative fundraising events
Piloted an online initiative to register and track members, enhancing operations efficiency by 35% April 2018 - December 2019
Recreation Leader
Established a strong recreational program portfolio, incorporating sports, arts, and educational initiatives
Catered to a diverse demographic, successfully promoting healthy and active lifestyles
Leveraged customer service skills to address member inquiries and resolve issues, maintaining a 95% positive review score
Boys and Girls Club of America January 2016 - March 2018
Recreation Aide
Supported the execution of fun, informative, and impactful recreational programs, fostering community engagement and participation
Resume Worded University May 2017
Master of Arts in Community Leadership
Focus on community engagement and sustainable development strategies
Recipient of Outstanding Graduating Student Award
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2015
Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management
Concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management
Completed a comprehensive capstone project focusing on youth development strategies in recreation settings
Programming: Microsoft Office Suite, G Suite, Adobe Creative Suite
Community Engagement: Event Planning, Program Development, Public Speaking, Relationship Building, Outreach, Volunteer Management
Project Management: Budget Management, Risk Assessment, Logistical Planning, Sponsorship Acquisition, Impact Evaluation
Certifications: Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP - National Recreation and Park Association, 2019)
Awards: Community Leader of the Year (, 2019), Outstanding Recreational Service Award (Boys and Girls Club of America, 2018)
Leadership & Volunteering: Board Member - National Recreation and Park Association (2019 - Present), Volunteer Coach - Local Youth Soccer League (2016 - Present)
Projects: Led the successful implementation of 'Active Kids' program, increasing youth participation in sports and other physical activities by 40%
Your Name
Recreation Assistant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE January 2021 - Present
Senior Recreation Assistant
Spearheaded a new event planning strategy that resulted in a 40% increase in community participation
Managed a team of 4 junior assistants and efficiently coordinated monthly recreational activities
Strengthened customer service operations, reducing complaint instances by 60% through an improved feedback system
Resume Worded June 2017 - December 2020
Recreation Assistant
Amplified social media presence, achieving a 30% increase in engagement
Coordinated community outreach initiatives resulting in a 25% increase in program enrollment
Championed the development of a successful Summer Camp program, boosting attendance by 40%
City Parks and Recreation Department January 2015 - May 2017
Junior Recreation Assistant
Administered CPR and First Aid training to 100+ staff members
Organized and facilitated weekly activities for youth sports programs
Conducted in-depth research on recreational trends leading to the introduction of three popular new activities
Resume Worded University January 2017
Master in Recreation Administration (MRA)
Thesis: The Role of creative activities in Children's cognitive development
Resume Worded Institute May 2015
Bachelor of Science - Recreation Management
Minor in Sports Management
Awards: Dean's List 2014 (Top 10%)
Recreation Management: Program Development, Event Management, Operational Oversight, Resource Management
Technical Proficiency: MS Office (Advanced), Recreation Management Software (Intermediate), Google Workspace (Advanced)
Certifications: First Aid & CPR Certified, AED Certification
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
Volunteering: Youth Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters (2016 - Present)
Projects: Co-ordinated Annual City-Wide Recreation Carnival (2018 - Present)
Awards: Recognition Award for Outstanding Recreation Programs, (2021)
Your Name
Assistant Sports Coach
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded
Head Sports Coach
Directed sports coaching and training for 200+ athletes, improving team performance by 50%
Spearheaded talent sourcing and recruitment, resulting in a 30% increase in team strength
Implemented effective PR strategies, enhancing school's athletic profiles by 40% June 2016 - February 2021
Assistant Sports Coach
Devised diversified training strategies for athletes, driving a 20% improvement in individual performance
Coordinated sports events, enhancing participant engagement by 60%
Promoted health education and preventive strategies to 400+ athletes, resulting in a 20% reduction in injuries
Local Football Club September 2014 - June 2016
To-Team Sports Coach Intern
Assisted in planning and executing training sessions for the junior team
Managed social media pages for the club, improving online engagement by 25%
Supported the management of critical sports events and tournaments, ensuring smooth operation
Resume Worded Institute March 2015
Certification in Advanced Sports Coaching
Intensive training in skill development, psychological preparedness, and injury prevention
Resume Worded University May 2014
Bachelor of Sports Science
Specialization in Team Sports and Coaching
Recipient of the Best Sports Science Student award
Coaching Techniques: Motivation, Game Strategy, Performance Monitoring, Talent Identification, Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention
Fitness Training: Stretching, Strength Training, Cardiovascular Exercise, Plyometrics, Speed and Agility Drills, Interval Training
Software Proficiency: Microsoft Office (Advanced), SportsCode (Advanced), LongoMatch (Intermediate), Coach’s Eye (Intermediate)
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational), French (Basic)
Certifications: First Aid and CPR Certified, Defibrillator Training
Leadership & Volunteering: Volunteer Coach at Local Youth Football Club, Organizer for Annual Children’s Sports Day Event
Professional Development: Regular attendance at sports coaching seminars and webinars, Advanced Coach Development Program - Resume Worded Institute
Your Name
Recreation Program Assistant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE April 2019 - Present
Recreation Program Manager
Managed and executed diverse recreational programs for 500+ community members, driving a 20% Increase in participation
Pioneered the use of digital tools in recreation planning, enhancing effectiveness by 50%
Oversaw a team of 6 Program Assistants, elevating program delivery and customer service
Resume Worded January 2016 - March 2019
Senior Recreation Program Assistant
Instrumental in the planning and execution of an Annual Community Wellness Event, boosting community participation by 35%
Assisted in the development of a Community Yoga Program, achieving a 40% enrollment rate
Used social media platforms to promote recreational initiatives, increasing online followers by 30%
YMCA August 2012 - December 2015
Recreation Program Assistant
Conducted comprehensive research and surveys to determine community interest, leading to the introduction of sought-after programs
Aided in event management and logistics of various recreational activities, helping to streamline operations
Collaborated with other staff in maintaining cleanliness and safety of recreational facilities, ensuring a positive experience for users
Resume Worded University January 2019
Master of Science in Recreation Management
Final Project: 'Enhancing Community Engagement through Recreation Programs'
Resume Worded Academic Center June 2012
Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Park Administration
Minors in Community Development and Nonprofit Management
Dean's List 2010-2012
Program Management: Budgeting, Grant Writing, Community Outreach, Personnel Supervision, Event Planning, Crisis Management
Software Proficiency: MS Office Suite, Google Workspace, Recreation Management Software (REC1, PerfectMind), PeopleSoft, Slack
Recreation Techniques: Youth Sports Programming, Community Event Design, Fitness Class Development, Outdoor Adventure Planning, Cultural Programs Creation, Special Needs Recreation Programming
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP)
Leadership & Volunteering: Boy Scouts Community leader (2013 - 2019), Volunteer basketball coach at YMCA (2012 - 2015)
Awards: Employee of the Year 2017, Resume Worded; Dedication Award 2021,

How do I add skills to a Recreation Therapist resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Recreation Therapist posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Mental Health, Therapeutic Recreation and Group Therapy are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Program Development and Recreation.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Healthcare, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Psychotherapy - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Elder Care, Recreation Planning and Community Outreach - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Recreation Therapist, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Recreation Therapist Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Recreation Therapist job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Recreation Therapist Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

Get your Resume Instantly Checked, For Free

Upload your resume and we'll spot the issues in it before an actual Recreation Therapist recruiter sees it. For free.

Recreation Therapist Resume Templates

Here are examples of proven resumes in related jobs and industries, approved by experienced hiring managers. Use them as inspiration when you're writing your own resume. You can even download and edit the resume template in Google Docs.

Resume Example
New Grad Respiratory Therapist

Resume Example

Resume Example
Highlights (Free)

Resume Example
Modern Two-Column

Resume Example
Clean Modern

Resume Example
Entry-Level (Free)

Browse Skills from Similar Jobs

Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you put on a Recreation Therapist resume?

Here are some of the most popular skills we see on Recreation Therapist resumes:

  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Mental Health
  • Recreation
  • Group Therapy
  • Program Development
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Healthcare

Target your Resume to a Job Description

While the keywords above are a good indication of what skills you need on your resume, you should try to find additional keywords that are specific to the job. To do this, use the free Targeted Resume tool. It analyzes the job you are applying to and finds the most important keywords you need on your resume.

It is personalized to your resume, and is the best way to ensure your resume will pass the automated resume filters.

Start targeting your resume

© 2024 Resume Worded. All rights reserved.

Get expert insights from hiring managers